The movie A Plastic Ocean, directed by journalist Craig Leeson, shows this progression and will screen for free at the National Auditorium on Thursday, February 1.
Put on by Te Ipukarea Society in partnership with the Ministry of Marine Resources (MMR), A Plastic Ocean will show in conjunction with launch of the CITC Pharmacy Plastic-Free February promotion.
“We are pleased to be partnering with Te Ipukarea Society to screen this award-winning film for free in the Cook Islands,” says MMR spokesperson Helen Greig.
“Marine pollution is a very real problem in our oceans and we hope to raise more awareness of this issue and what governments, communities and individuals can do about it.”
Te Ipukarea Society technical director Kevin Passfield says A Plastic Ocean highlights the problem of plastic in the ocean, where it is coming from, and the harm it is doing to the world.
“Some people in under-developed countries are not even aware there is a problem, or of the damage they are doing.”
Passfield adds that burning plastic is an issue in the Cook Islands. “It’s toxic to the environment and we discourage it. There are uses for recycling it. We’ve taught schools how to do composting and make worm farms; it’s about turning plastic waste into something useful.”
To be held in the National Auditorium Dome area, the free event starts at 5pm, with the movie screening from 5.30pm.
Vendors will be selling food, but only in biodegradable containers.
Te Ipukarea Society is a proactive non-government organisation formed to look after the environment. Their philosophy is that land and marine resources are not owned, but borrowed from our children and need to be returned in good condition.
Members of the community can get involved in their work by joining the Te Ipukarea Society as individual or corporate members, or by starting to make positive changes in their own home and backyard.